American Estates: Todd Johnson Smooth Freehand with Bamboo (AL5) (2003) (Unsmoked)
Product Number: 004-009-5133
Though he certainly has been known to turn out some pretty simple classics, Todd Johnson seems to really let his imagination fly when given a good piece of bamboo to pair up with a briar, tending to produce his wildest designs. Even by those expectations, this piece stands out with its radical reinterpretation of a Calabash-style bowl. Despite the singular profile this bit of shaping presents, it must be said that it actually proves easily at home in hand, with a feel not unlike that of a well-made traditional Cavalier, wherein the extended shank/moisture well (in this case, extended heel instead) is positioned just right to keep out of the way. As for the grain, well, you can see it for yourself: fine-stranded fans of flame across both flanks and a lovely freckling of birdseye just about everywhere else.
- Eric N. Squires
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Measurements & Other Details
Condition: 4.5/5 Unsmoked, but the airway is paper thin on the top of the stem, and sunk in while buffing.
- Length: 8.00 in./203.20 mm.
- Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.57 in./65.28 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 2.35 in./59.69 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States